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Started RockRanger Bumper Kit

SWIGIN

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79 Bronco , 98 Explorer
First thing I had to do was make a table big enough to lay everything out on. It's just a temporary table so I made it out of laminated particle board 3'x8'.
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I started by tacking the bumper mounts mostly together.
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Then I cut my 2x2 and slid the mounts on and called it a day.
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Next I will square up the mounts from pulling from being tacked then weld them up and add the winch plate.
 



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Today I took off the stock bumper just to use the frame as a jig to tack the winch plate to the 2x2 and the 2x2 to the mounts.

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Then I took it off and took it inside to the table and started welding the winch plate gussets on and I ran out of wire...lol

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Anyone know what these gussets are for?
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Those are the last pieces I can't figure out what they are for.
 






Today I welded the center hunk and used ant splatter spray for the first time and it does what they say but all that extra splatter hits you now...lol

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I got tired of getting burnt from the extra splatter so I fit one of the top side wings.

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I guess I'll tack both top wing pieces on and maybe do another test fit to see how it's lining up with the fenders.
 






After some food and a nap I went back out and tacked both top wings on.

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Looking good so far.... looking forward to finished pics...
P.S. Just had my birthday....will post address shortly so you can ship off my belated b-day present....aka custom bumper..
 






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